Jul 042015
 July 4, 2015
Support 'Oregon. The State Of Cannabis' By Studio McDermott, LLC

With marijuana legalization now a reality in Oregon, a production studio called Studio McDermott LLC is trying to publish a documentary about marijuana in Oregon. Oregon is a very special place when it comes to marijuana, which I think is why marijuana legends like Jack Herer lived here for so long. In my opinion, I think that Oregon has the best marijuana and marijuana products in the country, and now that legalization is here, Oregon will be ‘discovered’ by marijuana enthusiasts around the world sooner than later.   Studio McDermott LLC has a crowdfunding effort underway, which can be found

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Jul 032015
 July 3, 2015
New Marijuana Tax Structure In Washington Should Help Reduce Prices

Everyone I have talked to that has traveled to Washington to purchase legal recreational marijuana has said the same thing – it is extremely expensive. Most of the people I have talked to traveled from Oregon, which has the cheapest prices for high end marijuana in the nation, so it’s not surprising to me that they get sticker shock when they are at the cash register checking out. I think people that travel from less friendly marijuana states are more comfortable with the prices, but I also think that everyone can agree that prices need to be lower if the

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Jul 022015
 July 2, 2015
Popular Presidential Candidate Gets A Six Figure Campaign Donation From The Marijuana Industry

The marijuana movement has long fought to be taken seriously by high level politicians. For a very long time elected officials scoffed at marijuana supporters, often making Cheech and Chong jokes and other insensitive, stereotypical comments. There have been a lot of third party Presidential candidates that have courted the marijuana movement in the past, but there has never been a major party candidate running for President that has willingly congregated with an all marijuana-supporting audience. That is, not until recently. Republican Presidential candidate Rand Paul made history recently when he held a campaign fundraising event as part of the

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Jun 302015
 June 30, 2015
Oregon: Early Recreational Marijuana Sales And Marijuana Sales Tax Bills Advance

On ‘Marijuana Legalization Eve’ in Oregon several marijuana related bills moved forward in the Oregon Legislature. Oregon House Bill 2041 passed on a 24-4 vote and would establish a marijuana sales tax that adds up to 20% (17% state tax, 3% local tax). Oregon is just one of five states to not have a standard statewide sales tax. Usually the term ‘sales tax’ is avoided at all costs in Oregon because it’s politically undesirable, but apparently not when it comes to marijuana, at least according to Oregon politicians. Oregon Senate Bill 460 passed in the Oregon Senate on a 23-6 vote.

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Jun 302015
 June 30, 2015
First Minnesota Medical Marijuana Patient Center To Open Wednesday In Minneapolis

Minnesota’s first medical marijuana patient center is scheduled to open in Minneapolis Wednesday. Minnesota Medical Solutions is scheduled to open its doors to patients at 12:01 a.m. CDT. “This is a great day for suffering patients who have been waiting a long time to have access to this medicine,” said Patrick McClellan of Minnesotans for Compassionate Care, a Bloomington man with a rare form of muscular dystrophy who will be among the first patients served on Wednesday. “We are grateful that the Department of Health stepped up and implemented this law promptly. Patients in some states have had to wait

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Jun 292015
 June 29, 2015
Day One Recap Of The 2015 Cannabis Business Summit

Day One of the National Cannabis Industry Association‘s (NCIA) 2nd Annual National Business Summit has begun in Denver, Colorado. With the cannabis industry now being dubbed as the fastest growing industry in the United States, the race is on for entrepreneurs and investors to carve our their slice of the market. It’s not just hedge fund managers and corporate CEO’s who are getting in on the action. It seems that everyone and their Auntie is getting into the cannabis industry these days. With marijuana now a topic of national attention, entrepreneurs are looking for a way to differentiate themselves from

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Jun 292015
 June 29, 2015
Thank You To All Of The Women Grow Portland Chapter Sponsors!

I love the Women Grow chapter in Portland, Oregon. I think that any avid TWB reader knows that by now. I remember when my friend Leah told my wife that she was co-founding the chapter with Sara Batterby, I was very excited to see it launch. I haven’t met Sara yet, but I know that she is very good at what she does proven by how successful the Portland Women Grow Chapter has been thus far. Leah of course is one of my heroes. Her and her husband Travis helped lead the fight to legalize recreational marijuana in Oregon, and

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Jun 282015
 June 28, 2015
Canadian Medical Marijuana Company Tilray Set To Lay Off 61 Employees

When it comes to the business world, I always tell people that marijuana is different. Strategies that work in other industries don’t always work in the marijuana industry. There are a multitude of reasons. The consumer base for marijuana is different than other industries due to the fact that those consumers had to operate in the shadows for so long, and there’s a lot of consumer behaviors that go along with that that aren’t found in other industries. Also, whereas other industries operate according to long established rules and policies, the marijuana industry is very new and the rules and

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Jun 252015
 June 25, 2015
Recreational Marijuana Sales Likely To Start October 1st In Oregon

Oregon voters approved legalizing recreational marijuana during the 2014 Election. The cultivation and possession provisions of the initiative go into effect in less than a week (July 1), but the roll-out of legal sales will have to wait. If some lawmakers in Oregon have their way, the wait would not be that long. A bill that would allow established medical marijuana dispensaries to sell limited amounts of recreational marijuana to adults starting October 1 passed a key hurdle today. Per Oregon Live: Legislators on the House-Senate marijuana committee said consumers should have a legal place to purchase the drug not long

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Jun 252015
 June 25, 2015
Michigan Medical Marijuana 'Provisioning Centers Act' Hijacked And Corrupted

1,500 marijuana plants in a single garden? Armed guards transporting pot brownies from the kitchen to the warehouse? A 16% tax on medical marijuana? With the release of the latest draft of Michigan’s medical marijuana dispensary bill, HB 4209, sponsor Rep. Michael Callton (R-Nashville) has taken The Provisioning Centers Act in a “drastically different” direction. The flip-flop by Callton has longtime supporters insistent on change and threatening to abandon their support for the four-year old proposal. Seemingly involved in the major shift in direction: the Michigan Cannabis Development Association (MCDA) and Lansing-area real estate mogul Ron Boji, Commissioner of the

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